Gemma Arterton: ‘Someone unknown needs to play Kurt Cobain’

Actress tells NME she always wanted to be a rock star

Gemma Arterton has told NME that music was her biggest passion rather than acting, and her goal growing up was to front a band.

The British actress – currently starring in Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time alongside Jake Gyllenhaal – said she was in “lots of dodgy bands” growing up, but never made it as a musician.

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“Music is my biggest passion aside from anything else,” she said. “I was in lots of dodgy bands growing up and I always fancied myself in a band. But, you know, I was rubbish at writing music. So maybe one day I’ll play a rock star, or punk rocker.”

She also spoke about the forthcoming Kurt Cobain biopic, saying she had read the script “which was amazing, and someone unknown needs to play Kurt Cobain“.

She added: “Maybe they should find someone new, because when you’re playing an iconic character, if you get someone really famous to play them, sometimes you’re watching someone really famous play someone else, and it’s nice when it’s a completely new person”.

The former Bond girl has four releases this year alone – alongside Prince Of Persia she was in swords and sandals action film Clash Of The Titans with Sam Worthington, low-budget British drama The Disappearance Of Alice Creed with Eddie Marsan and, by the end of the year, she will be seen in comic-strip adaptation Tamara Drewe, which screened to critical praise at the Cannes Film Festival this week.